Lemon, Citrus limonum, Citrus limon
Lemon is a small citrus tree, growing up to 20 feet tall, but usually not more than 12 feet. The straggling tree with irregular branches yields ovate evergreen leaves that are high in volatile oils. Once a year, fragrant small white flowers emerge and transform into juicy yellow fruits, renowned for their high Vitamin C content and sharp, fresh flavor. Lemon is originally from India, then made its way to the Mediterranean, but is now widely cultivated around the world.
The allure of Lemon is centuries old and deeply ingrained within many cultures. With rich medicinal compounds, many parts of the Lemon tree may be used. We utilize the leaf, peel and juice of Lemon. Lemon leaf and peel are high in volatile oils and contains bitter constituents, making them a profound defense against pathogens and a digestive stimulant while simulatenously imparting the divine taste of lemon. Lemon juice is used to stabilize our fresh pressed sugar cane juice, helping to reduce oxidization and improve nutrient bioavailability. Lemon is very high in Vitamin C, which is a crucial nutrient that aids the absorption of other nutrients in our body.
Lemon has been known to be uplifting in nature and to impart a cheerful, positive attitude. It fortifies the immune system and can help maintain overall wellness.
“It is probable that the lemon is the most valuable of all fruit for preserving health.” – M. Grieve
- Boosts immunity
- Uplifts the mood
- Treats rheumatism and arthritis
- Good for heart health
- Cleanses the blood
- Supports digestion
- Increases bioavailability of other nutrients
- Prevents scurvy